Monday, 10 December 2007
I dont get the arrests during the march yesterday
I dont get the whole 'protest are illegal' thing
I dont get the fact that 'gatherings' are illegal - peaceful or otherwise - hell i've seen loads of birthday gatherings that are less peaceful than the Hindraf, Bersih or yesterday's march all put together!!! on that note - guys dont come to my house for christmas... you'll never know if the cops are gonna arrest us for 'assemblying' illegally as we will 'be discussing politics' etc etc... as you know.. it would be dumb for me to obtain a 'permit' to hold a party... eh?
btw - when our forefathers march towards obtaining our country's independence - did they have a permit???
how the hell will this country exercise democracy if the powers that be arent practising it in the first place....
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
THE Government of Australia will probably change hands this weekend. There will be no arrests, no tear gas and no water cannons. The Government of John Howard will leave office, the Opposition will form a government and everyone will accept the verdict.
For this, every Australian can feel justifiably proud. This playing by the rules is what has made Australia rich and a good place in which to invest. It is a country to which people want to migrate; not leave.
Now consider Malaysia. The weekend before last, up to 40,000 Malaysians took to the streets in Kuala Lumpur to protest peacefully against the judiciary's lack of independence, electoral fraud, corruption and a controlled media.
In response, they were threatened by the Prime Minister, called monkeys by his powerful son-in-law, and blasted with water cannons and tear gas. And yet the vast majority of Malaysians do not want a change of government. All they want is for their government to govern better.
Both Malaysia and Australia have a rule of law that's based on the English system. Both started out as colonies of Britain. So why is Malaysia getting it so wrong now?
Malaysia's Government hates feedback. Dissent is regarded as dangerous, rather than a product of diversity. And like the wicked witch so ugly that she can't stand mirrors, the Government of Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi controls the media so that it doesn't have to see its own reflection.
Demonstrations are typically banned. But what every Malaysian should know is that in Britain, Australia and other modern countries, when people wish to demonstrate, the police typically clear the way and make sure no one gets hurt. The streets belong to the people. And the police, like the politicians, are their servants. It is not the other way around.
But increasingly in Malaysia, Malaysians are being denied a voice — especially young people.
Section 15 of Malaysia's Universities and University Colleges Act states that no student shall be a member of or in any manner associate with any society, political party, trade union or any other organisation, body or group of people whatsoever, be it in or outside Malaysia, unless it is approved in advance and in writing by the vice-chancellor.
Nor can any student express or do anything that may be construed as expressing support, sympathy or opposition to any political party or union. Breaking this law can lead to a fine, a jail term or both.
The judiciary as a source of independent viewpoints has been squashed. The previous prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, did many good things for Malaysia, but his firing of the Lord President (chief justice) and two other Supreme Court judges in 1988 was an unmitigated disaster. Since then, what passes for a judiciary in Malaysia has been an utter disgrace and the Government knows it.
Several years ago, Daim Zainuddin, the country's then powerful finance minister, told me that judges in Malaysia were idiots. Of course we want them to be biased, he told me, but not that biased.
Rarely do government ministers need to telephone a judge and demand this or that verdict because the judges are so in tune with the Government's desires that they automatically do the Government's beckoning.
Just how appalling Malaysia's judiciary has become was made clear in recent weeks with the circulation of a video clip showing a senior lawyer assuring someone by telephone that he will lobby the Government to have him made Lord President of the Supreme Court because he had been loyal to the Government. That someone is believed to have been Ahmad Fairuz Abdul Halim, who did in fact become Lord President.
A protest march organised by the Malaysian Bar Council was staged in response to this, and corruption among the judiciary in general. But the mainstream Malaysian media barely covered the march even though up to 2000 Bar Council members were taking part. Reportedly, the Prime Minister's office instructed editors to play down the event.
Instead of a free media, independent judges and open public debate, Malaysians are given stunts — the world's tallest building and most recently, a Malaysian cosmonaut. Essentially, they are given the play things of modernity but not modernity itself.
Many senior Malays are absolutely despairing at the direction of their country today. But with the media tightly controlled they have no way of getting their views out to their fellow countrymen. This means that most Malaysians falsely assume that the Malay elite is unified when it comes to the country's direction.
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, a former finance minister and today still a member of the Government, told me several weeks ago in Kuala Lumpur that he could see no reason why today Malaysia could not have a completely free media, a completely independent judiciary and that corrupt ministers and other officials should be publicly exposed and humiliated.
According to Tengku Razaleigh, all of the institutions designed to make Malaysia's Government accountable and honest have been dismantled or neutered.
It didn't need to be like this. Malaysia is not North Korea or Indonesia. It is something quite different. Its legal system is based on British codes. Coupled with traditional Malay culture, which is one of the world's most hospitable, decent and gentle cultures, Malaysia has the cultural and historical underpinnings to become one of Asia's most civilised, rules-based, successful societies.
Instead, Malaysia's Government is incrementally wasting Malaysia's inheritance.
Thursday, 15 November 2007
He kept contradicting his words on top of his constant insult of other nations. Lets make a TOP 3 list of his nonsensical chatter which to me is nothing more than 'hot air' coming out of a moron...
1. he said its ok to protest (because we are a democracy), then he said its illegal to have protest because we have erection (election)
2. he said we have 'ERECTION' once every 5 years... i'm not sure about him, but i think i get enough erections!
3. he mentioned burma and myammar as being 2 different countries... err... so i take it he thinks beijing and peking are 2 different states?
perhaps English is not the first language in Malaysia - i guess we could pardon him for being english challenged.... however - as the minister of INFORMATION... the nation's spokesmen.. WTF?????
however, his contradictions are worse than Mclaren's decision iro the England Football team... (come on Russia!).... the dude keeps digging and the hole inevitably gets deeper...
anyhow... i'm just really ashamed of the whole fiasco... my views on BERSIH are as follows:
1. why is the protest / march illegal in the first place? don't you remember that if Malays did not march (peacefully) against the Malayan Union in white scarf... we might still be under British rule? (not sure if that's a bad thing.....
2. why is our legal system so fucked? i dont get it? i read somewhere that a recent World Bank survey on resolution of commercial disputes that ranked Malaysia 63rd among 178 countries, and a report by the US State Department warning American businessmen that cases before the Malaysian courts take inordinate amounts of time to be adjudicated. One case of medical negligence, he said, took 23 years to reach the Court of Appeal.
countries such as Singapore and Hong Kong have very similar legal system as us... similar laws, and whose judges and lawyers are trained as ours, are ranked in these surveys as amongst the best in the world (Hong Kong is placed first and Singapore ranks fourth). The reason is obvious: these countries have undertaken major reforms in their court structure and procedures and have introduced more efficient and transparent commercial courts so as to attract the foreign investor.”
3. why did the local press not cover the protest? why no mention of tear gas and water cannons? How come all write ins from the public to public newspaper were 'anti-protest'.....
4. how did Malaysia get to this state?
5. i'm still not ready to vote - as i dont know who to vote for... all i want is a govt that FOR the RAKYAT... and not just themselves and playing mindless stupid 'war of words' and name callings... such as the stupid asshole who used words like 'sam seng' 'stupid' 'babi' etc in parliament (because he couldnt find words to construct proper sentences).... i'm not sure if the opposition can help me.... but one thing's for sure... the govt isnt...
anyhow... i'm too sick to write anymore.... the RAKYAT needs to realise that the powers that be arent supporting us.... its SICK SICK SICK i tell you.... sigh.... i think Namewee should write another song telling these morons such as Zam to FUCK OFF and go back to grammar school...
guys... the comedy doesnt end there.... there's gonna be another Al Jazeera interview tonight at 10.30 this time with the 3 stoogers... Khairy, Imzat and Nazri... better get your popcorns ready for i hear that its gonna be the COMEDY of YEAR!!!!
anyhow... please take the time to watch the following videos...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1_GQ-K7P_w this is the link to mr Zam's stuttering
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9S0W4iyegs - the prime minister and his nephew tokkok
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9zmRMoDt58 - Malaysian's at the crossroads....
BRING THE POWER BACK TO THE PEOPLE! GET UP STAND UP.... DONT FORGET YOUR RIGHTS!!!!
Tuesday, 30 October 2007
i was planning to blog about it myself but must stress that I have been extremely busy of late. As such, I'll just cut and paste the comment i left on his blog here below. It would probably make more sense if you read his post before reading my comment below... aiya... u mite as well read all the comments to that post...
i think there's a small community be it in blogsphere, broadwalk or whereever, where the concept of 'Malaysians' represents a harmonious multi-racial society. However only in our beloved Malaysia can the concept of race and religion mean the same. and by virtue of Article 153 / 160 of our Constitution, 'Malay' in a Malaysian context is defined as a Muslim Malaysian citizen born to another Malaysian citizen. so in other words, since my parents are Malaysian citizens, and should i wish to practice Islam, wouldn't that make me Malay?
I'm not being racist and you guys should know that I'm not one. But this master - people(slave) relationship does damper my spirit in believing that Malaysia is for Malaysians and not minus 'sians'.
For the record, i love this country and enjoyed my childhood. but the more i learn about our constitution, may 13, business privileges, AP, NEP, etc,etc... it does makes me wonder 'why' should i be a loyalist when the powers that be can say as they please in paliarment and abuse their rights.
I just conducted a course on Malaysian tax incentives etc, etc today... and explained the rationalisation of these incentives since the 1960s. Most of it was due to compete with Singapore. However i realised that we hardly achieved any targets since whereas Singapore has progressed by leaps and bounds. Now we complete with China (whom have just overtaken us)... even Vietnam is better than us. Aint that sad?
all i wanna say is that - dear powers that be - u fuckers suck! stop thinking of urself and ur birth rights and start fucking saving this country from self destruction. Amen.
it now brings us to today... i read something very interesting this morning. I have been trying to understand the logic of 153/160 etc, etc for some time now.... i'm trying understand more about where Malays came from... are they truly the owners of Malaysia... let alone the Masters of my home...
even if you wikipedia Malays and the malay achipelago, etc, etc... you'll find origins from taiwan, australnesia, etc... so question is... who came to my birth land (where i have virtually no birth rights) first???
please read this post on the Origins of the Malays.. i think the puzzle pieces are starting to fall into place....
ps: i write based on what little i know... but i write because i feel the heat... i.e. in terms of education, opportunities, work, business.... etc....
Monday, 29 October 2007
There can be no doubting their title credentials now.
An eighth successive Premiership victory and the fourth match in a row in which the champions have scored four goals.
how the fuck do they do it?? fergie's formation of lining nani, ronaldo and teves in support of rooney has produced breathtaking football. thank god the fucked up the carling cup!!!!
He is still reaping the rewards of his inheritance. A true test of a manager comes when he is required to build his own team (or teams). The integral role of Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba in the 6-0 win that surpassed anything Grant's predecessor achieved underlined the scale of the task the Israeli will encounter next summer when both players are expected to request transfers.
Despite reputedly suffering from Second Season Syndrome, Reading have precisely the same amount of points this season that they had at the same stage last year.
Liverpool remain an indefinable work in debatable progress. Consistent only by their inconsistency, they are a plethora of contradictions: Undefeated yet unconvincing, powerful but bereft of authority, resolute without inspiring confidence. A mirror of their manager, Liverpool are impossible to work out.
Rafa's first surprise of the afternoon was the introduction of a new formation. Designed to harass, it was vindicated by Steven Gerrard's sixth-minute opener. Yet the benefits were merely temporary, and the Gunners subsequently simply played out of their opponents' reach. That Benitez felt compelled to change his side's formation in order to obstruct their opponents was instructive. That is not generally the method or mentality of a title-aspiring team.
The absence of authority in the Liverpool team - depending on your point of view, either the cause or the consequence of the change in system - was obvious and, ultimately, telling. The loss of the under-rated Xabi Alonso was critical and deprived Benitez of one of the few technically-accomplished players he possesses. That the Spaniard has apparently suffered a reoccurrence of his broken metatarsal added considerable insult to literal injury.
Yet injuries are a smokescreen for Liverpool's wider problems, summed up by the deployment of Dirk Kuyt and Andriy Voronin, neither of whom had the pace or trickery to cause bother, out wide. What were the thoughts of Ryan Babel and Yossi Benayoun as they looked on from the bench?
Somewhere at Liverpool, a good team is threatening to break loose. It would be a relief if Benitez finally unleashed it.
Given the speedy attributes of William Gallas and Kolo Toure, it was strange that Liverpool, in the words of Rafa Benitez, "wanted to use Torres' pace" in preference to the height advantage of Peter Crouch which destroyed the league's smallest defensive partnership in April. Even before suffering his own repeat injury, the Spaniard was a virtual bystander. "Crouch was very good," Benitez reflected of the second-half substitute, partially acknowledging his own mistake.
The 4-4-2 Formation
There were four different formations used by the Big Four this weekend - a 4-2-3-1 for ManYoo, a 4-3-3 for Chelski, a 4-1-4-1 for Arsenal, and a 4-2-1-3 by Liverpool - and not one of them was the traditional formation of choice in English football.
"It is no exaggeration to say that they could have scored ten," opined the MoTD pundit after Chelski's 6-0 win over Man Citeh.
Total number of shots on target by Chelski: Nine!!!! (9)
Thursday, 18 October 2007
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
1. I do have alot of work.
2. I have been busy clearing up my room. (its finally clean! - sort of)
3. Been busy drinking every nite.
I do have alot of work
I am the original Slacker. Long before the movie or the comic character, I was the Slacker God! Slacker has been me nickname since i was in primary school. It all started when when a teacher called me so (as I was caught sleeping in class), and the boys in my school started teasing me with that title. They obviously didnt know what it meant. But i loved it. It made sense.
Many years on.... I'm the dude who slept trought secondary school and college. In fact, i sleep in office almost everyday.
Anyhow, back to the fact that i do have alot of work... as some of you already know, i've been contemplating my future in this career path alot recently. I think i'll do better in sales or marketing and surely a success business (as proven before).
As I was very undecided on what to do, I became a Grade A Slacker in office. I almost virtually did jack all at work for months until the news about me passing me ACCA caught the attention of the bosses. Prior to that, my bosses were trying to counsel me out, now they are giving me quality work to prove my worth. Furthermore, rival firms have come a knocking on my door. Therefore, i do have work, and alot of it! As such, i dont have much time to blog.
I have been busing clearing up my room
From my previous posts, you guys know that i was then in the process of cleaning up my room. Since i'm such a slacker, i probably spend an hour a day cleaning up my room, but another 6hours watching Dvds....
anyhow... its OVER... its CLEAR.... I CAN BREATE and see the end of the room! there's plenty of space to get to the bathroom. in fact you can dance your way there instead of having to squeeze through.... woo hoo....
It was quite a tall order for me to discard many 'precious' items... but once u found heart to throw away '1' item... the rest is really easy! (however, i do miss certain items) sigh
Been busy drinking everynight
As most of you know, my biggest hobby at the moment is probably drinking. Its some biological defect in me construction that allows me to consume so much alcohol. I'm not bragging but I think i can outdrink alot of people. The irony is, i dont drink alot to challenge people (in fact, i dont challenge people at all, but i never back out of a challenge).... I drink alot because i naturally do drink alot. In fact, I drink on average about 5-6 litres of water a day and i do drink em very fast. Each water break i take equates to the consumption of 500 mls of water... and i drink that much like in a matter of seconds.
Similarly.. i drink alcohol real fast... and the more i drink, the thirstier i get. Funny thing is, no matter how tired i am, once a bit of alcohol gets into me body, I BECOME ALIVE... just like frankenstien! as proven during the rainforest festival and salsa festivals i attended recently (and have yet to blog about)
Anyhow, i've been drinking everyday for some time now. Its ironic cause I dont want to, let alone do i call for a booze up, however, friends call me almost every day for a 'quick one'.
I hope to find some time to blog about me recent alcoholic adventures.... as there's loads of laughs... plenty of scandals... loads of pics to share!
Ok ok ok... the truth as to why i havent been blogging much of late is because i am so freaking addicted to facebook. if you dont know what it is well just click here. I've been a member for some time now, but havent really used it. Until my cousins who were down from London recently (bout 3 weeks back) said that it was the best way for us to stay connected. So i decided to revive my membership. Next thing you know, I was so freaking hooked!
Its a medium similar to 'friendster', cept that its much more user friendly, better interface and more fun applications. Through facebook, i'm met so many friends from past and present. Its amazing. Furthermore, the applications such as 'funwall', 'pokes', 'messages', 'photo tagging', etc, etc... keeps everyone in the loop of things. Of all their functions, i find the 'photo tagging' to be extremely good. As I get to know who's who and it sorts of leads me to their relevant pages. Furthermore, i get to see pictures of ME... woo hoo!
Through facebook, i finally met up with me long lost 'kai mui' whom i've not seen in years. Met up with my friend's cousin who 'poked' me on facebook. I havent seen that girl since the day i met her exactly 1 year ago. I've met up with so many people based in Malaysia or abroad. Its way way fun... This interface also makes the sharing of information very easy indeed. U can start a very user friendly discussion thread or forum through a simple click of the mouse.
Lastly, you get to challenge your friends to loads of online games such as scrabbles, chess, reversi and even some no brainers (yet i keep winning) like the simple game of 'rock-paper-scissors'. All and all... i'm addicted to facebook.
However, sad to say... the fuckers in IT fucking banned the site. WHAT THE FUCK? IT WAS MY MOMENT OF SANITY DURING WORKING HOURS (before the pubs).... sigh.... I HATE THE BASTARDS IN IT.... come on..... un-firewall it la.. we need to escape every now and then.... sigh....
btw - if you guys are on facebook... look me up and poke me or bodyslam me or something - ruben enba.
on another note.... JOSE FOR ENGLAND! muahhhaaa... i'm quite sure you footie fans will know what i mean! hmm... i think that shall be the title of my next post!
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
This season sees the introduction of Torres, Voronin, Babel, Youssi, etc,etc.... Pre-season match results were encouraging with all the strikers doing what they are paid for. However it is sad to note that we lost in the final of the EPL Asia Cup to Portsmouth on penalties. On the bright side, we were the better team on the day and Pompey had good ol' David James to thank.
The first few matches to the season including the champions league qualifiers were promising. Kuyt was ever hardworking, Voronin scores at ease, Torres' sheer pace was brilliant to watch, Pennant, Babel and Youssi terrorised the flanks, Gerard took control of midfield, Masherano and Momo kept attackers at bay and our mean defense has NOT conceded any goals from open play in the league this season.
With all this in play, we were winning games with scorelines of 3-1 and 6-0 and for the first time in a while, we were perched at the summit of the EPL. It felt good to know that we are ahead of everyone with a game in hand!!!!
Then it happened, the fooking stupid curse. Do you guys remember the last time LFC was sitting on top of the EPL? It was during GH's time, the season (or 2) after the trebel. After sitting at the top of the EPL... we went on a 10-13 match winless streak! GH got so desperate that he resulted in long balls for Owen to chase.
The last few LFC matches were painful to watch. Firstly, we couldnt score against Portsmouth at Fratton park though we had loads of opportunity to bury Pompei.. On the plus side, at least we played and attacked. Voronin hit the woodwork a couple of times and Torres nearly won it for us. To be fair, i wasnt too disappointed for we played well.
Then came Porto. I missed the match but apparently we were outclassed. If it werent for the clinical header of Kuyt, we would've lost the match (deservedly so). Then came the Birmingham game at Anfield. That was truly painful to watch. Though the blues had 10 men behind the ball at all times, the 'mighty reds' could not come close to penetrating! We did have a few chances to score, but didnt take them.
Last week we beat Wigan at the JJB. I missed that match as i fell asleep at kickoff. Apparently we werent that great, in fact we were lucky and grateful to the brilliance of Youssi. However, i did watch this morning's match. A match which I predicted a 3-0 scoreline for the home side. Not a bold prediction considering the fact that we do have a mean defense, fresh strikers, talent on the flanks, generals in the midfield, undefeated in all competitions, 4th spot in the league, won our carling cup match, and our opponents have a new manager, doing poorly in the french league, with a negative lineup of a lone striker and a packed midfield which means the french team has too much respect for the reds and came to Anfield fighting for a draw. However your humble narrator was amazed as to how organised they were compared to our crappy team of stars. They deservedly won the match. If Torres had scored at the death, it would've been cruelly unfair to them. I was disgusted at the way we played as we kept losing the ball with the greatest of ease.
Why are we playing so badly? did the international break really fucked us up? rafa's rotation system not working to plan? WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY????? ARRGGGGGG!!!!!
Is our season over????????
Sunday, 30 September 2007
Thursday, 27 September 2007
Even when i get mad at a person, I normally dont show it. I'll just get pissed at end up getting depressed alone. For many years I was angry with this 1 person for mistakes that was mine. My animosity towards that person led to a very depressing time (which I have myself to blame). It was only recently that I came out from that shell and found peace with that person. Everything's been pretty good since then.
However, the audacity of that person to use a facility of a time-sharing membership that i had paid for in full nearly a decade ago; a membership that is in my name; etc, etc.. without consent is totally unacceptable. The fact that, that person felt she had the right to make a reservation using my name and membership number is downright selfish and thoughtless.
I really do not mind her using it as I find my entitlement often unused. However, to only find out upon receiving a receipt for use of MY entitlement that I DID NOT ENJOY was not acceptable.
I confronted her casually and this was what transpired.
Me : Hey, did u use my membership recently?
Her : Yes.
Me : How did u use it?
Her : I applied under 'OUR' membership online.
Me : Next time, just inform me first. I'll gladly apply it for you.
Her : Why shd i, its also in my name.
THE AUDACITY OF SOME PEOPLE.
she did offer to pay for it... which really isnt the issue. i think her actions was downright selfish and she still hold firm that she did nothing wrong.
now that i wanna use MY ENTITLEMENT, there is insufficient days left for my quota this year. Sigh... the audacity of some people!
Wednesday, 12 September 2007
Did you read the papers today? one article reads MB (Khir) supports dog-catching competition. WTF????? The Selayang Municipal Council ("MPS") is to organise a dog catching competition. In a nutshell... IN ORDER TO PUT AN END TO STRAY DOGS-THE MPS IS GIVING AWAY MONEY TO PEOPLE WHO CAN CATCH THE MOST DOGS IN 6 MONTHS. THE PRIZE MONEY IS A LUCRATIVE RM15,000. WTF??????
What pisses me off is the fact that these morons - the powers that be are determined that dogs are dangerous. They feel that stray dogs are threats to humankind especially kids. As such, they feel it is their duty to put an END to it. In fact, Khir said in an interview that "Dog-catching must be done as the strays could attack children or even adults. The animals could also spread diseases as the strays rummage through garbage and contract skin diseases". my question to lord dumbass Khir.. what about cats? err... dont they bring diseases too? oh wait.. what about rats? err.... what about moronic politicians? - they bring diseases too...
Lets asked the opinion of professional dog handler and groomer, Noraini Rozaiti Mahamud, 35. According to the PROFESSIONAL - "dogs reacted aggressively only when they were threatened and dogs were not likely to attack unprovoked."
This is really sad. Now with the thought of winning RM15,000, many MORONS with NO KNOWLEDGE OF DOG CATCHING (let alone dog handling), will hit the streets of KL (Selayang at least) armed with parangs and what nots to catch these innocent animals. Sigh.... The MPS has stated that these dogs are to be handled by the SPCA. However, SPCA is totally against the idea. Think about it... people are gonna resort to all kind of animal cruelty to win the money. POOR DOGS... what did they do to piss MPS off?
Can't the MPS think of other ways to reduce the number of stray dogs? can't they use the intended prize money to train people on how to catch dogs and catch dogs? Can't they use their POWERS and enforce em unto irresponsible dog owners? they are so many other FUCKING ALTERNATIVES.... don't they use their brains? oh wait... i forgot.. they don't have brains.. hence why they work at the MPS and take 15 tea breaks a day!!!!!
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
Wednesday, 29 August 2007
A few weeks ago, I had an interesting debate with my friends on the topic of patriotism. I kept on insisting that I'm proud to be Malaysian which is somewhat still very true. However of late, I've been questioning my reason for being proud.
Taking alot of things into consideration, i've enjoyed my time here. Proud of how we 'fought' for independence, etc, etc, etc. But now, ever since i read May 13... i've taken an interest on how Malaysia got to where it is today and now I ask myself this question - do i have a reason to be proud?
In my eyes - after 50 years... we are no better than from the day the Tunku yelled Merdeka! So what if we have the tallest twin towers and the biggest murtabak..... the Malaysian mentality has taken many steps back. Malaysians today are still as territorial and racist as the day OUR ancestors came to this land to seek fortune.
Isnt it sad? So what if we have been independent for 50 years, what have we achieved? Perhaps its better that the British ruled this land. Perhaps then we would have a brand of educated young professionals instead of mat rempits.... perhaps we would have ended poverty and upgraded the kampongs. Perhaps it'll be safe to walk the streets at night. Perhaps we could rely on public transport.
think about it... what have we achieved? Malaysian politics really suck. u know why? coz:
1. some dude said - 'i will soak the keris with Chinese blood' - 12 years on, this dude becomes the DPM. WTF?
2. some dude said - 'we should make the mat rempits into mat cemerlang, for their skills can help the police'... - WTF? this dude mite become the PM one day u know...
3. some dude said 'this is an islamic state, you dont like it, get lost' - WTF?
what happened to our constitutional rights? or is it that ONE ARTICLE overrides ALL?
Sigh... reading more and more about our 'legacy' proves that malaysia sucks. In fact - its starting to dawn on me that perhaps Malaysia is on the road to self destruction. Sigh. Nevertheless, I am Malaysian and am sort of still proud to be one. Do you know who is a true patriot? Namewee - his song showed how much he felt for Malaysia. Was he being racist? was he condemning the country? I THINK NOT.... he just said - this is where i come from and that he is sad that the powers that be are a bunch of lazy corrupted bastards... Is he wrong?
Tuesday, 21 August 2007
A: i didnt study
B: i didnt take study leave
C: i don't have notes
D: i wrote poetry on the bloody exam paper
E: i didnt complete the paper
F : in fact, i only complete 2.5/4 questions
G : i had so much spare time (about 40minutes to draw pictures and more poerty)
and guess what... the SLACKER dude, yours truly has done it once again... he passed with little effort.. remember what happened during the previous sitting? how I studied and what were the results??
now i have finally completed ACCA and I'm qualified... woo hoo!!! SHOW ME THE MONEY!
on a more sombre note... today was my godma's funeral. Gosh i miss her so much. I was actually planning on meeting up with her later this year to make cookies together. She made the best cookies ever! Sigh... i miss her...
Sunday, 19 August 2007
I remember telling her that since Kek Yee and I broke up more than 3 years ago, I've never cried. Which is kind weird because i used to be the type that cries easily as I was extremely sensitive. Anyhow, I'm not like that anymore.
My recent ex told me that its weak for a guy to cry. To a certain extent, i do agree. However, i could not hold back my tears over the weekend.
On Friday nite i had a blast at the Mount Kiara Jazz Festival. It was a pretty good nite coz i won a lucky draw prize and won some egg eating contest. What was incredible was I met alot of people that night. It was great to meet alot of friends such as colleagues, the rainforest kakis, bree, marion, ian, swee lyn, matthew, nizam, ace, etc, etc.... I trully had a great time that night. The drinks and company couldn't have been a better match!
What i didnt realise was while i was out having fun, something sad was happening miles from where i was.
My beloved godmother passed away peacefully that Friday nite. I only got the news on Saturday whilst I was out with Pauline, Serena and a few others for lunch. My dad smsed me and it didn't kick in until we returned back to the basketball courts where we were supporting the PwC's basketball campaign in this year's edition of the Inter Accounting Firms Games.
Anyhow, whilst I was seated on the floor watching the match, with the crowd roaring behind me and the game going on in front of me, I zoned out for a moment, reading the short sms over and over again.
Then it happened.
A tear trickled from my right eye. Suddenly an avalanche of memories of countless times spent with my godmother came flooding in. Priceless childhood memories of going to the market, walking to the neighbour's house, listening to redifusion, helping her cook (such as helping her slaughter the chicken, soaking it in hot wather, plucking the feathers, then cooking it), etc, etc....
I prevented myself from cying out, but i was choking and couldn't concentrate on the match. So i just sat there, stoning. I rushed home after the match and sat in my room. I stared at the wall for a long time in total disbelief.
My parents and I only attended the wake yesterday and I'll go for the funeral tomorrow. Since the little episode at the basketball court till the moment we went over to the house last nite, I didnt cry. I wanted to, but didnt. However, the moment i put my arms around to embrace my godfather i couldnt hold back the tears. I gently hugged each of my godbrothers and sisters and left tears on their shoulders.
I finally composed myself and led myself in to pay my final respects. My fingers trembled as I lit up the josstick and the tears kept pouring as I prayed. My heart sank when i saw her lying there in her casket. She looked so peaceful and beautiful. Why did God have to take her away? She was so young.
I wished I had visited her more often. I wished she would be around to attend my wedding. I wished she could care for my kids like she did for me. I wish...
I composed myself quickly and sat in utter silence all night. I wasnt too interested in watching the liverpool v chelsea game when i got home. All i wanted to do was sit in my room and cry for a bit. Which is exactly what i did.
Humans take things for granted, including life. I think I should ponder on that a little longer and assess ME. Particularly - my lifestyle. My godmother was a healthly lady. She took care of my godfather. She goes for tai-chi every morning. She still goes to the market and cooks, etc, etc, etc... Sigh.
Reality bites. Life sucks. Its time to wake up and change. Must start now.
I miss you Godma. May you rest in peace.
"In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."
Thursday, 16 August 2007
However, since the Volvo is still in the workshop, i've been driving my dad's wira. His CD player is out, so I had to rely on the radio. There were only 2 stations locked in, i.e. Lite fm and traxx. As much as I like Lite fm, 'memories' (barbara streissand) was playing whilst i was stuck in a jam just after the connaught toll. So i changed to traxx fm.
I was surprised that my dad had some funky new radio station registered to his player. Then i realised, it used to be Radio 4. Gosh how i hated radio 4 so much. When i was growing up, it was probably the only English radio station around. Hitz.fm and the likes came about when i was 17 or 18.. (i remember the backtoback 7 hits marathons).... I actually used to like Hitz.fm then coz i actually like current music i.e. i dig the bands during the 90s such as Pearl Jam, blind melon, crash test dummies, soul asylum, alice in chains, etc, etc,.... today, hitz.fm play crap music from crap musicians (mind my lack of taste). i hated Radio 4 coz the predictable deejays... i.e. Yasmin with her 'good morningmorningmorningmorninig' and Patrick Teoh's sarcasm.
anyhow, traxx plays awesome music in the mornings. I've alwiz been a big fan of oldschool rock, i.e. 70s and 80s. After all i grew up listening to the likes of bonjovi (when he had big purple hair), david bowie, roxy music, alice cooper, guns n roses, antrax, slaugther, skid row, styx, boston, dio, etc, etc.. (yes i was a pretentious headbanging 9 year old)....
traxx plays retro slow rock music in the mornings! i mean, they play alot of glam stuff like Journey, Yes, Van Halen, Queen, etc, etc...and now, i'm in love with the radio again! seriously man... finally, driving to work is a joy once again!!!
on another note, i'm trying to cut down smoking. coz since i've been back from the Malaysian Salsa Festival, i haven't been smoking much. i've been smoking about 3-5 sticks aday when i believe i averaged 2 + packs during the festival! i think i have enough willpower to not smoke during the day and have a few after dinner or with drinks.
did you know that England doesnt have a national anthem? God Save the Queen' is for the United Kingdom and you'll never walk alone is for Liverpool.
now obviously the English started the English language right. The English are afterall from England. So people in England speak english. WHY THE FUCK DOES ENGLAND's MOTTO read 'Dieu et mon droit'? err.. that's French by the way!
people say that i'm a sell-out cause i support the italian football team and not England. For fucks sake, i've been supporting Italy since Italia 1990. I didnt support any other national team prior to that though i was a huge fan or maradona and i love watching brazil play. however, my friends call me a sell-out as i'm a huge liverpool fan but am anti England. Gimme a break, just because Liverpool plays in the English Premier League, i'm suppose to be an England fan? don't forget the very first Liverpool was made up of 12 Scots men... So am I a sell out?
and i've alwiz be proud to be a Liverpool fan... afterall... i have the Liverbird tattooed on my arm
btw - Footie season is back!!! Can't wait for this weekend man.. clash of the titans.. Liverpool vs Chelsea... this time... Drogba and Chelski aint gonna get lucky!
talking about tattooes... i'm thinking of getting a third tattoo. Any ideas? i was actually thinking of inking the whole left upper arm (to the elbow) with a mauri motif to further compliment the exisiting 'Ankh'... hmmm...
aiya.. nevermind me la... am just taking a break from reality... the car's in the workshop... work's a bitch... i'm sleepy.. what's new eh?
lastly 2 things...
1. the mout kiara jazz festival is back... i think i'll check out tonite's gig... c'mon mr gambus! join me if u're free.
2. am gonna organise another water rafting adventure on the 15th of September. if you're interested, contact me before the end of next week.
Wednesday, 15 August 2007
Wouldn't it be the same kind of insensitivity when the slaugther of cows are shown on national television every year? wouldn't that be insensitive towards religious hindus?
I've seen many people get offended when they read about a pork reviews in my friends' food blogs... and many get offended when I talk about pork openly in office... what's the big freakin deal? for fucks sake... its the same as someone telling a hardcore hindu how wonderful beef rendang is? on a similar note, wouldn't the tag line 'KFC fried chicken is finger licking good' insult buddist vegetarians? (don't forget - i am Hindu on paper - but i do eat beef... *whoops!*)
For fucks sake.. its not like i'm forcing anyone to eat something they dont want to eat rite? I mean... if u eat things i dont like infront of me... or tease me about how good it taste... i wouldn't give a rat's ass.... whether its due to religious practices or personal preference, what goes on around us, should not affect us.. RITE?????
take nature lovers and animal lovers... some are vegetarian by choice.... they cant stop me from eating meat rite?
i mean i love animals... don't get me wrong... but i love my food too!!! (and its not my fault that animals are full of meat) i remember when i was young... i was so angry with my God mother for killing the chicken i used to play with (since it was a chick)... i remember her asking me to hold the bird down by the drain in the air-well... then she took out a knife and MURDERED IT! i cried and cried until she laid the feast on the table... and then i went.. 'AMEN'... (the bird was delicious - may he rest in peace)
since then, i told myself... dont be a hypocrite.... if u like to eat it... dont pretend to be such an animal lover! I've boiled live prawns before (steamboat)... couldnt be any fresher!
ok... back to my blog's topic for the day. Like any other corporate slave, i have lunch everyday. Everyone's aware of my fondness of pork. However, everyone knows i LOVE MALAY FOOD too. In fact, the people i grew up with, we all enjoy Malay Food. Thinking back, whenever I'm with David or Soon Hoe (since we were young till now), we alwiz end up having Malay food. Guys.. please understand, MAMAK FOOD - IS NOT MALAY FOOD. Need u people to understand that there's a difference between Malay mix rice, with Mamak mix rice and Indian mix rice. VERY DIFFERENT... in fact.. there's a huge difference between northern indian and southern indian food... but that's for another post!
I mean... malay food is awesome... i can tell the origin of certain malay dishes... mainly.. its either north east, north west, east or south malaysia... (though south malaysia's malay food very similar to east)
As I was saying, whenever we decide for lunch and if it has to be halal... these people will choose a place that i dont like to frequent... for instance... i LOATHE FAST FOOD... i'll only have FAST FOOD.. when i need the food FAST... like TO GO... D'OH! These morons will want to go for fast food no matter what. If its not fast food... then its starbucks or some coffeehouse. C'mon.... coffeehouse for lunch? we're asians... can't we have rice or noodles?
Not wanting to create a scene or whatever, i normally decline their offer and join others for lunch. So these morons label me 'DIFFICULT'... 'ANTI-SOCIAL', etc....
to be honest, name calling dont really get to me...(i do have a pretty thick hide) until recently, as a result of a similar lunch incident... i was labelled a practitioner of RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION..... WTF????
who is discriminative now? can't we eat at the malay stalls behind the office? must the options for lunch venue be places i LOATHE? there are so many mamaks and good indian eateries around... must it be KFC?????? damn it! on days when they want to eat with other people... they can calmly go to those stalls as i have just mentioned... WTF?????????
anyhow... i had originally planned to blogged about me and my patriotism...u see.. i'm PROUD TO BE MALAYSIAN... no 2 ways about it... but by putting alot of things into perspective.. what's there to be proud about?
I recently read the book May 13 by the SUARAM president... and with the recent hu ha over 'NEGARAKUKU'... etc etc... i wonder... do Malaysians live in multi-racial harmony?
Anyhow... i think i'm a decent driver with a reasonable road sense, one who's not a speed demon and has a nick of being able to park any vehicle in tight spots. I remember one nite when i was on a date with my recent ex, she said that it was impossible for me to fit my dad's wira between 2 cars and one of em narrow streets in desa sri hartamas. Well i proved her wrong. Lol.
Me : Pa, the volvo brokedown in bukit tunku.
Dad : What's wrong with the car?
Me : It just died whislt driving and now i can't start the car.
Dad : What sound does it make when u try to start the car?
Me : erm... kakakkaakakakakaakaka (something like dat)... then i pandai pandai said 'maybe its a problem with the starter' (like hell i know what a starter is, or if there's such a thing as a starter in a car)
Dad : Probably. Do u here a spark sound at the end as u try to start the car?
Me : (wtf?)... errr... 'No' (guessing)
Dad : could be the plugs are out
Me : err.. i guess.. (what is he talking about.. what plugs)??? maybe you're right Pa,.. its a problem with the plugs... i think so too
Dad : hmmm... are u sure the battery is working fine?
Me : (confidently).. yes... the lights are all on! (1 point for me)
Dad : hmmm.. (deep thought)... perhaps it could be an alternator problem.. its not charging up right or at all...
Me : hmmm... i didnt think of that Pa, (what the hell is an alternator?) that could be the reason eh.... (so that Dad wont go on in French)... Pa, tell u what, i'll leave the car here first, i've got my friend to fetch me... i'll go have lunch... then try to look for a foreman to check the car....
Dad : good idea... no point asking Afro (our family mechanic based in Cheras).. to go all the way there...
Sigh... after the conversation, i felt so like a blonde.... what the hell was my Dad talking about? How does he know so much bout cars? and how come i know jackshit?
To Dad... THANKS! YOU're THE MAN!!!!!
That's me and the damn car, with me trying to start the car whilst the foreman (from the net) investigates!
That's what's wrong with the car. U see that square thing, connected to the round thing, with the black thing, and the 6 cable thingy, and the fully rusted thingy, with the oxidised thingy and the white cap on the blue shit... oh whatever... who am i to kid?
Tuesday, 14 August 2007
Simpsons is famous for paying homage to numerous cliche scenes from big movies / shows/ plays/ musicals/ songs, etc. Their parody of the ending scene in Austin Powers was stolen in this particular action sequence. I laughed so much from the moment he got onto his skateboard till he crashed landed infront of Flanders.
They were so many amazing scenes of note. I think the 2 President Schwarzenegger scenes were awesome - particularly the line "i'm here to lead, not to read!". Apart from that, I loved the "should i be in, or out" sequence as the Dome came crashing down on him. Howabout the one at Moe's where people looted him clean. Or the punchline at the church where the signboard read "We told you so".. when Armageddon was beckoning.
But my favourite scene is and still is SPIDERPIG... gosh I laughed so much that it hurts just thinking about it... In fact, during the Salsa festival, we joked / acted out scenes from the show. Most notably was us singing the Spiderpig Song.
he can do, what a spiderpig does,
can he swing, from a web,
No he can't cause he's a pig.
Look out, here comes the Spiderpig!
Gosh, I'm still laughing man. If you guys havent watched the movie yet, PLEASE DO SO NOW!
Monday, 13 August 2007
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
Against my will, I dragged myself to shower and finish up my last minute packing, for today marks the start of the 2nd Malaysian Salsa Festival. As expected, Daddy didnt believe in Malaysian timing nor does he believe in just-in-time timing. He doesnt even believe in 'being on time'. Since i had to rely on Daddy to send me to KL Sentral (rendezvous point for those going by coach), I'm now here at Sentral - 2 hours before the coach arrives! You see, Daddy alwiz believes that 1 must never be late, but 2 hours????? gosh i'm so sleepy. Just called Cindy and she said she'll only be here by 8.30..... that also i forced her out of bed to accompany me. LOL
Thank God for free Wifi. If not i'll probably go Mad in this place.
Anyhow.... as u guys probably know, everytime i go on a trip or even for a weekend escape somewhere like Singapore or what not... i'll normally buy a carton of cigarettes from the warehouse near my office. Unfortunately, I've been way too busy to go these past few days. Anyhow, as a back-up plan, i normally buy like 10 loose packs from 7-11 or something. I mean, i rather have the security that i have sufficient nicotine fix then to worry about losing money through the premium paid.
When i got here, the first thing i did was to have a smoke break. Thereafter, I walked right in towards 7-11 to purchase 10 boxes or a carton of Dunhill Lights. Anyhow the dude there didnt have any stock. Not a big deal. He only had like 2 loose packs. So after that, i decided to check out the 'Kiosk' which is just around the corner. When I got there, I asked the staff if they sell Dunhill Lights by the carton. His manager immediately said 'no' 'its against our policy. No big deal. I then told her, I would like to purchase 10 loose packets then. She said looking at her inventory (which had like easily 30 packets as there were 4 full rows of my favourite fix) and said to me... hmmm... i can only sell you 5 at a time. I was kinda flabbergasted and stunned by her remarks, but remained calm. So i said, fine, i'll take 5 packs now. Paid the dues and placed them in my bag. Took my bag and walked one circle round the Kiosk and proceeded back to the counter and told the manager 'May i have 5 packets of Dunhill Lights please'. She said 'no i can only sell you 5 at a time'. Well i told her - this is round 2 you know? Obviously the moron had no choice but to sell them to me. Sigh - morons will be morons.
I mean... if it was a product that i could resell for a profit - fair enough, i understand why she wants to maintain economies of scale. However, we're talking about cigarettes! WTF???? No 2 - As a consumer - and as a customer - wouldnt you be happy if i could empty your entire inventory within 1 sale? I mean - you would've made a bundle and you can close shop for the rest of the day - or at least till the next shipment comes in. Think about it - you could close shop at 7.20am without even breaking sweat while making double your normal daily revenue. Sigh.. MORONS WILL BE MORONS!
Tuesday, 24 July 2007
This year I wasnt really in the mood to party since I had so many things on my mind. However, I must say that I am extremely lucky to have the wealth of friends.
Since 29 June till last weekend, friends have celebrated my birthday by way of dinners, lunches, booze ups, etc, etc... I think i had a total of 4 cakes this year, my favourite being the one Joanne and Bree got me. Not many gifts as people enjoy giving me food treats and alcohol... Not like i'm complaining la.
However, on the 9th of July, I couldnt resist the temptation of having a party. *chuckles*. Since it was gonna be at Somo on my birthday itself, i might as well make a few invitations instead of my regular kakis. So I invited about 20 people... out of which, 10 didnt make it due to super last minute invite as i only sent out the sms like a day or 2 before the 9th. Irrespective, i had about 45 guests! surprise surprise...
Obviously i had to have the party at Somo right. I mean, its like my favourite hang out now, so there's no reason why i shouldnt have my little celebration there.
A big thank you to Andrew and Ken the co-owners of Somo for their warm hospitality, service and drinks. I think from now forth, whenever i wanna have a nice simple function, i'll have it at Somo. It truly makes sense! In fact, Ken was nice enough to provide us with some free booze and chocolates, etc.
Here's a picture of Ken and Andrew with Joanne and Bree during more sober times.
Anyhow, i just wanna say that i had a great birthday celebration and would love to share some of the many cam whoring pictures for all.
I thought having a party on a Monday would deter many from coming... but what do you know... it was another succesful party...
I have no regrets of having my birthday party on a Monday and at Somo.... I think everyone had fun, considering the fact that we started at about 7pm and ended at 4am....
They seriously thought graveyards and more yakatoris were gonna take me down... How foolish!
And the Cam whoring begins!
Monday, 16 July 2007
I can't wait to blog on my experiences in RWMF. I have so many topics, that i dont know where to start. Anyhow, all that has to wait as i need to prepare for my trip to JB for work.
However, the moment i find the time, i will and must blog about the numerous fun sessions i've had in the past 2 weeks!
Tuesday, 10 July 2007
Sunday, 1 July 2007
Anyhow, it was just the 4 of us, Andrew, Soon Hoe, Chris and myself. We were having dinner at some kopitiam in Cheras wondering where to go and came up with a few suggestions. The funniest suggestion was going to Neway Cheras for karaoke. The thought of it was damn GAY man. Four 29 year old boys going to a karaoke just to SING SONGS! WTF? As much as i enjoy karaokes, i'm not going to go karaoke with boys. Furthermore to celebrate my birthday? No way are they gonna Gay up my birthday man!
But the funny incident that ensued was during a moment of silence in the car, Soon Hoe started singing some Karaoke tunes. So what did we do? we started karaoke-ing in the CAR of course. No way are we gonna karaoke at NEWAY. not 4 dudes!
We finally decided to go over to Samantha's for some pool. We thought having some happy hour beers would be a good way to start the night. We chose the place coz we know the owners and also their sister pub '80s Dream' (located just above Samantha's) does have a single karaoke set that we have been known to conquer during one of our many drunken stupor nites. So we did plan to Gay up our nite after all!
After having some drinks and pool, we finally said lets head down to a club and check out some chicks. So i suggested this new club called Sunshine on heritage row. I've been there once, but only briefly. Was there the 2 Fridays ago to meet up with Kheng Lin from Penang. She was down for the weekend and I so badly wanted to see her, even if it was just for a bit. Anyhow, what led me to suggest Sunshine was the fact that they played retro music.
FINALLY a club that plays RETRO music on weekends! WOO HOO! It was so boogie wonderland man!
The place is pretty nice. Well air-conditioned. The crowd a bit odd though. But the music and prices was worth the trip down to town. There's something magical about retro music. I don't know what it is, but whenever i hear it, i get happy feet.
Most of you would know that i'm not a big fan of clubbing yet people call me to go clubbing virtually every weekend (and weekdays). Furthermore, i'm not the dancing type. Unless its salsa of course! I only go clubbing if its with my crazy clubbing mates. The problem is, i have way too many crazy clubbing mates!
Anyhow, the point i'm trying to get at is, whenever retro music plays, i'll start to DANCE. It was so weird man coz way before the drinks arrived, i was already dancing. It was a pretty gay sight if you were to think of it la, but i dont care man. Retro music rawks!
I still find mambo's original DJ to play the best selection of retro and the DJs at MOS' studio 54 never disappoints! But this DJ, though not too experienced, played a decent mix.
I think i'll go to Sunshine every now and then. Infact, am thinking of heading down there this weekend!
Me and 80s music and Sunshine is just like that Jackson 5 hit'
Don't blame it on sunshine,
Don't blame it on moonlight,
Don't blame it on good times,
Blame it on the boogie!
Lets BOOGIE WOOGIE!!!!